SML RFID, a global provider of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tagging solutions, has launched a new Retail Ideation Space (RIS) in the UK where retailers and brands can test some of its latest tag and software developments and partner technologies.

The new site in Corby will demonstrate SML's latest RFID tagging technologies, including its highest-performing tags. Furthermore, inventory execution, omnichannel picking, customer experience, self-checkout and robotics will also be amongst the various solutions on show.

There will also be 'Academy' workshops designed to help retailers and brand owners better understand the various technologies and processes required for scalable solutions.

"The UK market is one of the leading regions in the world for the adoption of RFID, with retailers such as Tesco and Matalan implementing significant rollouts of RFID technology across hundreds of their stores nationwide," says UK general manager, and RFID advocate Shane Clarke. "Alongside France and Sweden, there has been a hive of retail-based item-level RFID pilots and rollouts by UK retailers, so the RIS in Corby is the perfect location for SML to support our customer's RFID implementation."

Dean Frew, senior VP and CTO of RFID solutions at SML Group, adds: "With the adoption of item-level RFID solutions within the retail industry rapidly accelerating in Europe, specifically within the UK, the location of the RIS was an obvious choice for SML. Our RIS scheme consolidates SML's position as the 'go-to' total solutions provider, as well as offering a platform for retailers to engage with our expert team and see that item-level RFID in retail be simplified and create substantial ROIs."

The launch of the Corby RIS follows similar openings in Plano, Texas in June and Shanghai, China in September.